5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Betwixt and Between: Great Power Competition and ASEAN’s Relations with Japan and the United States

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The power struggle between China and the United States has led to a competition between Beijing and Washington to bring like-minded countries into their respective folds. With the ongoing conflict between the two countries changing the security, trade, and diplomatic landscape of the Asia-Pacific region, there has also been a rise in Southeast Asia-centered regionalism. ASEAN’s unity has diminished amid a rise of two camps, one pro-United States, and one pro-China. In addition, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has divided Southeast Asian nations between TPP and non-TPP members. At the same time, the changing dynamics has increased expectations for Japan not just economically, but also politically as well as militarily. This discussion will outline some scenarios concerning the future of ASEAN by focusing on the evolving great power competition and prospects for ASEAN centrality.

This event is hosted jointly with the U.S.-Japan Research Institute.


  • Takashi Terada

    Former Japan Scholar
    Operating Advisor, USJI; Professor, Doshisha University
  • Mark Manyin

    Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
  • Marvin Ott

    Asia Fellow
    Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Former Professor of National Security Policy, National War College and Deputy Staff Director, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Rumi Aoyama

    Professor, Research Institute of Current Chinese Affairs, Waseda University